Politics & the Economy

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Security fears as Huawei snares $136m rail contract

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Rio Tinto eyes next big iron ore play

WA accepts $3.3bn GST compromise

The planned overhaul of the GST distribution system may not be perfect, but it's a pragmatic and creative response all states and territories should be able to accept, Western Australian Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.

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States get $9b top-up in GST fix

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ASIC calls for crackdown on card sharks

Not too little, not too much, but just right

Opinion: Too many governments spend their time trying to be all things to all people, rather than seeking to deliver a couple of landmark reforms.

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Oil surge to drive $8.1bn LNG windfall

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Coal to reclaim mantle as nation’s top export earner

Shorten's captain's call was bad timing

Labor leader Bill Shorten has backed down from his ‘captain’s call’ to roll back company tax cuts for businesses with turnovers between $10 million and $50 million a year, after a leadership meeting today.

Treasury highlights risk of failure to sell TAB

The state government is aiming to decide the future of the TAB by the end of this year, following today's release of a Treasury paper warning that failure to sell the state’s betting agency could create a major risk for the longevity of the local racing industry.

Labor’s by-election backlash

Despite the turnaround in the Darling Range by-election, the Liberals would do well not to get ahead of themselves.

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Shorten hit by Labor tax backlash

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Chevron set to axe 400 jobs

$640m+ likely from partial Landgate privatisation

The state government will partially privatise title registry agency Landgate in a move expected to raise at least $640 million, with the money to be used to fund the state's share of the National Redress Scheme for child abuse victims.

Innovation a key trade advantage

International opportunities for Western Australian startups, microgrid developers and the biotech sector are expected to develop in coming years, according to the state’s trade representatives.

GRA repositions after 10 years

Perth lobbying firm GRA Everingham has announced a new name along with a broadening of its services and an update to its ownership.

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ATO hunts down multinational companies for $2.7bn

Confidence up as explorers win $31m grants

Stavely Minerals, Prodigy Gold, Chalice Gold Mines and St George Mining are among the Western Australian miners that will share in $31 million allocated through the federal government’s Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive announced today.

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Hack probe on land transfers

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Building failures hit WA for up to $654m

Tax relief flows west

A greater proportion of Western Australian taxpayers are likely to benefit from immediate changes to tax thresholds passed through parliament yesterday than other states, according to Business News analysis of Australian Taxation Office data.